Nick Gibb changed the National Curriculum to require schools explicitly to teach reading using the method. The results have been outstanding.
Plus: May’s EU trials, Labour’s EU shifts – and how Russia got there before Trump by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Well, part of it.
Also: Welsh Labour abandon investigation into Sargeant as Jones faces fresh accusations; and Mundell suggests a dangerous retreat on EU powers.
Daniel Hannan: Post-Brexit, we could aim for EFTA. Or model ourselves on Singapore. But either way, we must decide.
It is hard to avoid the impression that leaving is being undertaken in a spirit of damage limitation rather than a spirit of opportunity.
Improving the situation means not only holding the police to greater account, but behaving more responsibly ourselves.
Someone has to take control of the Government grid and plot a series of activities designed to reinforce each other and to build a positive narrative.
Robert Halfon: If there’s a spare £40 billion going, we should spend it in the UK, not hand it to Brussels
The referendum must be honoured, and we must leave the EU. That shouldn’t mean giving away a fortune for the privilege.
Nicky Morgan: Why this social mobility setback? Because the best brains in the Government are fixated on Brexit.
Too little attention is focused on the reasons why where you are born and your family background still matter far too much in modern Britain.
Iain Dale: Trump is a warped narcissist who gives succour to racists, white supremacists and Islamophobes.
Plus: Englishness in Norwich. Remainer complaints everywhere. And: Noel Gallagher, political philosopher, gives his view of Corbyn.
Also: DUP gear up for enhanced role whilst working on border compromise; and Holyrood committee shows its teeth and plunges SNP policy into chaos.
We are not up against a revived Soviet Union. At most, Putin’s state is a puffer fish – poisonous, but not as big as you think.
With an alarmingly few legislative days before Christmas, a looming shutdown is the last thing Congress and the White House needs on their plates right now.
Alex Morton: A terrifying possibility for Britain. We are turning Japanese – and entering an era of permanent stagnation.
It is entirely possible that the slide can only be arrested by change as radical now as the rise of monetarism and supply side economics were during the 1970s.
Gone is the Conservative certainty of reducing taxes to promote businesses’ own investment and growth.
Henry Newman: If Ireland overplays its hand, it could collapse the Brexit talks entirely. Which would hit it harder than us.
Dublin is in danger of setting conditions that Westminster cannot meet. Instead, we must return to our historic willingness to navigate difficulties together.